Partisan Silvano Sarti Dies

One of the last of Florence’s WW2 resistance fighters, Silvano Sarti, quietly passed away in the early hours of January 25, 2019.

His life was anything but quiet.  Born in Scandicci (a Florence suburb) in 1925, early in the war, when Italy was controlled by the Fascist party, he raised funds to support people who had an anti-fascist family member under arrest.  When Italy signed an armistice with the Allies in September 1943, fascists and the German army struggled to retain control of the county, and a resistance movement of fighters known as partigiani sprang up.  Sarti, known by his code name “Pillo,” was active in the Sinigagli brigade, which entered Florence behind the retreating German soldiers and ahead of the Allied forces in August 1944.

After the war, Sarti was extremely active in propagating the ideals of a democratic society based on mutual respect and worked tirelessly promoting the policies of trade unions.

As a sign of the high esteem and honor, the wake will be held in the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s city hall on Saturday, January 26 from 9 am to 7 pm; a public commemoration is scheduled on Sunday, January 27 at 9:30 am.  (rosanna cirigliano)